San Miguel Wineries

Permission requested from smawines.com and they haven’t responded. I’ll keep trying as I do respect copyright, but cannot imagine they’d say no to my reprinting this article! San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico is considered one of the top travel destinations in the world, and for a good reason. From its Colonial architecture, stunning…

Don’t send these items to Mexico. Order from Amazon.com.mx instead.

Recently I ordered my favorite perfume from Amazon.com in the U.S. and had it delivered to my parents’ house, asking them to repackage and send it to me in Mexico. But they couldn’t, of course, because it’s a liquid, and you can’t send liquids through international mail. Not even if they’re medications. Then I looked…

Rolling with the punches

I belong to a Facebook group called “Living in Mexico Like the Locals” and when the administrator asked group members to name the greatest challenge they faced as newcomers to Mexico, I couldn’t stop writing about my #1 challenge: surviving an abusive relationship with a Mexican man. You’ll find the text of the story below….

Any time is the right time to visit San Miguel de Allende

During the past few days, as I’ve posted a few hundred photos of Día de los Muertos festivities and karaoke and everyday life on my Facebook page, I’ve received a flurry of emails and private messages asking, “So Day of the Dead is the best time to visit San Miguel de Allende? Maybe I/we will…

Tourist visa vs. resident visa

Recently on the Facebook page Move to Mexico, someone posted a question about overstaying the 180-day limit on their tourist (FMM) visa, and one of the answers included a link to this helpful article: Your Mexico Visitors Permit, FMM, published July 10, 2017. If you plan to drive in as a tourist, read this, too:…

Lifelong Learning in San Miguel

As an American living in Mexico, I learn something new every day just by walking around and breathing. It’s a benefit of settling on foreign soil, especially when the language of the land is not one’s mother tongue. Still, there’s a thrill in taking classes in English, in drinking in the words and perspectives of…

The origins of Karaoke Annie

Before I moved to Mexico, I had a karaoke machine in my basement and it was an instant party-maker any time friends came over. I brought the machine with me to Mexico in 2008 and by 2009 I was hosting private parties and charity events. In 2010 I got my first regular gig at a…

Why I (Heart) San Miguel

Check out my Pinterest board Why I Love Living in San Miguel de Allende. Whenever I think about leaving, I find a new reason to stay!

I’m a sponsor of Ser Mujer!

WOMEN CHANGING THE WORLD TOGETHER. March is International Women’s History Month and is declared as a month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Ser Mujer’s goal is to promote the commonality of women’s issues across cultures, to raise awareness of their challenges, and to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions. Ser…

Reborn On Cobblestones: A Mexican Love Story

By Patrice Wynne Originally published in The Blog on huffingtonpost.com (Feb. 10 2016) I live in one of the most romantic towns in the world, San Miguel de Allende, and I had not had a single date since I arrived 15 years ago. I arrived depressed, hoping to disappear into the life of an expat…

Spanish they don’t teach you in class

Our friends Mark and Christine visited San Miguel de Allende a few years ago and Aarón became Mark’s Spanish tutor. So naturally when we met our friends on a trip to the U.S. the following year, Aarón asked Mark a question in Spanish. Mark laughed and said, “Sorry, I didn’t catch that. My Mexican is rusty.” As the only…